Solar start-ups have struggled to raise capital and maintain credibility in recent years, thin-film companies in particular. Solar’s popularity on Sandhill Road has dropped dramatically.
Third party ownership is the dominant business model underpinning residential solar in many parts of the US. But with the Investment Tax Credit decrease looming, Felicity Carus asks for how long this will remain the case.
Solar is under attack in Arizona and is now the subject of a TV advertisement claiming it wastes ratepayers’ money. Felicity Carus reports on the fierce debate raging over who is behind Arizona’s assault on solar.
As with many big sporting occasions, all sorts of claims are being made about the environmental credentials of next year’s football World Cup in Brazil. But with solar installations set to play a central role in many of the event venues, Andy Colthorpe asks if it could put solar squarely on the map for this PV giant-in-waiting.
Last month US president Barack Obama launched a multi-billion initiative to bring power to the African people. But with little of this money so far directed towards developing solar capacity in a continent ideally suited to it, Felicity Carus asks whether the money is being wisely spent.
Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld America, accuses the Chinese government of bullying the US and European solar industry but is called to defend his company’s actions.
Despite a long list of thin-film company failures and retrenchments over the last few years, several start-ups continue to tout their technology offerings ahead of actual commercialisation.
US$1.73 billion poured into project funds for third party lease companies such as SolarCity, Sunrun and SolarReserve in the last quarter, but for most developers, project finance is still hard work.
First of all, congratulations to ReneSola for being included in Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) tiering system for PV module makers – joining the often used “Tier 1” category.
Although California is the undisputed leader among US states when it comes to solar deployment, the policies it will need to maintain this position are hotly contested. Felicity Carus reports from day two of Intersolar North America, where the Golden State’s solar future was top of the agenda.